KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) is engaged in negotiations for the possible takeover of the entire interests in a company that operates the BernamaTV 24-hour news channel, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said Bernama’s takeover of BernamaTV Synergy Sdn Bhd would enable the government to provide financial aid to the news agency, which currently owns 33 per cent of the company, to operate BernamaTV.
“BernamaTV is a private TV news channel. It is not government-owned. It is improper to hold the government responsible for the revenue gain or loss of a private company,” he said when replying to a question from Jeff Ooi Chuan Aun (DAP-Jelutong).
Ooi had wanted to know the status of BernamaTV and the fate of its employees, whom he claimed were not paid their salaries as scheduled, and whether the BernamaTV Mandarin broadcasts would be discontinued.
BernamaTV Synergy Sdn Bhd was established in 2008 to run BernamaTV over the Astro 502 channel. – Bernama